This month, I’m writing about a website that I recently learned about called H5P.org.  At first glance, I found it to be a little confusing because I was not really sure where to begin.  However, I’m really glad that I spent a few minutes checking it out because it has a lot to offer.  H5P.org allows the user to create a variety of online activities that can be embedded into a website or LMS such as Moodle, Canvas, BlackBoard and Schoology.  At the top of the page, there is a link called “Downloads and Examples.”  I spend a few minutes in this section of the site exploring.  They have good sample activities on their website so you can really see what each activity type is all about.  A few types of activities caught my attention right away.  With “fill in the blanks” and “drag the words” you can create a simple cloze activity with differing levels of support.  The “image hotspots” activity allow the teacher to upload an image then enrich the image with text pop-up and links.  To try this out, I uploaded a simple map of a Roman domusand then added pop-up descriptions of each room, some of which included pictures of examples and external links.  I thought that this would be a nice way to introduce the vocabulary of the parts of the house.  Another example that I liked was the “mark the words” activity.  I could see using this to practice identification of specific forms of words in a text.  In order to start creating activities, you have to set up a free account and then click on “my account” and “content” to access the option to build an activity.  Give it a try at www.H5P.org

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